10 U.S. Programs We Didn't Miss Until the Shutdown

By Amelia Hennighausen and Eric Roston - 2013-10-02T10:02:30Z

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This Smell Funny to You?

It turns out the federal government monitors more than just Americans' email and cell phone traffic, but their air and waters, too. The Environmental Protection Agency will "halt non-essential inspections" of drinking water systems and chemical facilities, according to USA.gov.

Left: A RadNet radiation monitor on the roof of the Bay Area Air Quality District offices in San Francisco, in 2011.

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